Dream come true for Montalbo as central figure in Ateneo-La Salle
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Dec 04, 2016 03:30 PM
TATTOOED ON MY MIND. Kib Montalbo is having a ball in being a central figure in the league's biggest championship round in recent memory.
Staying true to his identity, Kib Montalbo has silently but certainly actually been one of the bigger thorns on the side of Ateneo de Manila University.
De La Salle University’s Swiss army knife averaged seven points, four assists, and seven steals through two elimination round games against the Blue Eagles.
In Game 1 of the Finals, he only had four points, but shut down Adrian Wong all while hustling all over the court for each and every second of the 26 minutes he was on it.
Of course, much of that has to do with the Green Archers’ fierce rivalry with Ateneo. “We don’t wanna lose to Ateneo. Ako, I wanna beat Ateneo so bad,” Montalbo expressed.
However, that doesn’t mean that the Bacolod native is not enjoying the first championship round between the archrivals in eight years. “I love playing in this atmosphere. Before pa lang, it was my dream to play sa ganitong crowd,” he shared.
He then continued, “Kasi sa probinsya, the crowd is maliit lang. I love yung ganitong crowd.”
Indeed, the 16, 000-plus in the jam-packed MOA Arena on Saturday were all on fire for the rivalry game.
Expecting the same sort of fire inside the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, Montalbo had a promise that, obviously, would please one half of the crowd. “Tatapusin na namin,” he said, full of confidence.
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